Is There More To The Mistaken Identity Theory?

It occurs to me that Whelen had to start with the person, not by searching thousands of homes on Zillow. Why?

There is much speculation all over the Internet over what was Ed Whelen thinking when he published a Twitter thread closely matching Christine Blasey Ford's description of the house and the party where the alleged sexual assualt took place, but putting the finger on a different assailant who resembles Kavanaugh.

It's the most plausible theory yet offered. But how did Whelen come up with this?

It would take a staff of dozens many hours to go through every home in the Chevy Chase, Maryland area near the country club, to find one that closely matched the floor plan described by Ford. It would take a research team a month to go through the ownership records and match them with student records and yearbook notes to find who lived there.

To me, that means Whelen must have started with a person, not a home. It means he started with the person he mentioned in his Twitter thread, that has made the thread radioactive to the media due to (very real) concerns of a libel lawsuit. If he started with a person who resembled Kavanaugh in high school and in fact knew him, he must have a motive for doing that.

Either Whelen was being malicious, which, for reasons you'll see, seems doubtful. Or he had a hunch and ran it up the public flagpole, which would be terribly irresponsible and unethical. That would be counter to the purpose of a man who heads the Ethics & Public Policy Center. Or maybe he knows something more.

Ross Douthat of the New York Times knows Whelen and thinks there must be more to this.

Christine Blasey Ford dismissed the theory, quoted in the Washington Post: "I knew them both ... There is zero chance that I would confuse them."

Is there more to this? Did Whelen contact the person he mentioned by name first? Does that person have something to confess? Is there more to this than just an object lesson in making unsupported and nebulously described accusations?

I hope there is, not because that would exonerate Kavanaugh of any wrongdoing, or because it would prove Ford has her facts wrong. I hope there is because it would be one step toward sanity in what's increasingly becoming an ugly and awful chapter in our political history.

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StutteringDDDon
StutteringDDDon

Does anyone actually have any idea what happens Monday? I thought when I went to bed last night that a vote was scheduled but now it sounds like Grassley is going to continue to stall for a bit!

AmericaFirst
AmericaFirst

The longer this goes on the dirtier Kavanaugh looks. His name should be withdrawn quickly so we can get a SCOTUS nominee worth the post.

Still Jules
Still Jules

I didn't see Whelan's article as an accusation, just as an example of how there can be more than one plausible explanation for something, an encouragement to examine the possibility of other plausible explanations.

KavMierda
KavMierda

I'd love for Erickson to explain this, but how did Whelan know the identity of Kavanaugh's accuser before it went public. Whelan just "coincidentally" searched for Ford on LinkedIN before her name was ever known to the public. Of course he forgot that LinkedIN tells you who visits your profile or searches for you. WHOOPSIE.

Looks to me like Kavanaugh at least knew who his accuser was and the only possible way he could have known that was because HE DID assault Ford. He had Whelan start digging for things to smear her with.

Please...feel free to give any other plausible explanation as to how a Kavanaugh associate and ally would have the CFB's name before it was ever released to the public. I'm SURE there's a straightforward answer, right?

etbass
etbass

Who cares?

The Democrats don't care about Ford, they want to delay Trump's SCOTUS nominee. The GOP doesn't care about Kavanaugh's past or reputation, they just want a confirmation as quick as possible while still appearing to care about these allegations. If this was a Hillary nominee, exact same situation, every one would be switching sides excpet the GOP wouldn't have the balls to use the dirt they invented like the Dems do.

The whole thing is stupid. He said - she said with zero evidence. Should have confirmed him yesterday.

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